Portsmouth are gearing up for a big season.
With Danny Cowley in charge it’s clear that the South Coast club are targeting just one thing following last term’s disappointment – a push for promotion.
If Pompey are to do that then they’ll need to strengthen their squad, something that they’ve done with the shrewd addition of Ryan Tunnicliffe.
The former Luton Town midfielder has penned a 2-year deal at Fratton Park, meaning that he’s set to become a big part of Cowley’s plans as he looks to build a team with Portsmouth.
But what impact will his arrival have on the team? Here are two knock-on effects to consider.
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A partnership with Shaun Williams
This could be a crucial relationship in the team next term.
With Ryan Tunnicliffe joining the club it means that Portsmouth have two former Millwall players who could be lining up next to each in the middle of the park.
That understanding between the two players could be vital next season and means that Portsmouth will hopefully be able to hit the ground running.
A player to suit Danny Cowley’s style
Ryan Tunnicliffe is an outstanding player at League One level and so this is a big boost.
The midfielder likes to play on the front foot and push forward with the ball, turning defence into attack with forward-thinking passes and movement.
This is exactly what Danny Cowley is going to be looking for in his team and so this feels like something of a flagship deal as the new boss looks to make his mark on things at Fratton Park.